Pablo Zabaleta says West Ham are aiming for Europe and has urged his side to ‘see how far’ they can go this season.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side finished 10th in the Chilean’s first season in charge, but having strengthened this summer with the big-money additions of Pablo Fornals and club-record signing Sebastien Haller, Zabaleta says the club are confident they can improve on last season’s showing.
An opening day defeat at home to Premier League champions Manchester City was followed by a draw at Brighton, though Zabaleta says the club’s ambition remains European qualification and says West Ham will take it ‘game by game’ as they bid for a successful season.
“We just need to take it game by game and see how far we can go this season,” Zabaleta told whufc.com. “We finished tenth last season and hopefully, we can improve.
“We’ve been working for one year with the manager now, so we know exactly what we have to do on the field, so there are no excuses.
“As I say, we’ve got a great squad with two big players in every position, which makes for healthy competition between us, so hopefully we do better than in previous seasons.
“We need to enjoy our work, keep working hard and see if we can get seventh spot this season and give West Ham the chance to play in European competition, but we don’t need to talk too much about seventh after just one or two games.
“We still have 36 games to go and every single game will be difficult, so we just need to think about each game one at a time and we will see if it has been a successful season at the end.”